Wow – what a year 2020 has been, one that we are certain to never forget! Virtually overnight, our personal and professional lives transitioned into “healthy at home” mode as the world came to a halt. Fears of the COVID-19 pandemic spread like wildfire causing businesses to shutter, schools to switch to virtual learning, and replacing going into the office with remote work. Most of us were left reeling from the shock of the sudden changes we had to make.
While some businesses are still working remotely, many industries have returned to a physical job site that looks vastly different. Face masks are mandatory, we must adhere to social distancing guidelines, and teleconferences and webinars have replaced in-person meetings and trainings.
We learned that flexibility is a virtue and how to apply that flexibility to both our professional and personal lives. Employers who once thought they were unable to provide flexibility to employees quickly learned to adapt. Staffing increases were made to compensate for employees who had childcare issues, were exposed, or who tested positive for virus. By remaining flexible during the pandemic, employers had the opportunity to gain the trust of their employees and their loyalty – loyalty that inspires engagement which, in turn, creates high-performing employees.
As you reflect on this unbelievable year, think about the good that came out of it. Did you become a better communicator because you had to rely heavily on communications, unlike ever before? Did you learn to use new technology? Did your business reinvent itself? Did you learn a new skill? Did you learn just how resilient you are? Maybe you are thankful for the extra time with your family.
For better or worse, we learned how to adapt and cope during uncertain times. While 2020 has been a year none of us expected, hopefully many positives will come from our experiences.
Does your company need assistance developing communications or implementing some of these new ideas? The Consultants at Foundations can help. Contact us to assist with this or any of your other Human Resources needs.
– Whitney Webb, Consultant